Not Finishing Company Contract..?

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Erin S.'s Comment
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Has anyone gone to a cdl sponsored training and then not stayed with that company for the whole contract? If so what typically happens? I recently have had a life situation come up where I feel this may be the case and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Has anyone gone to a cdl sponsored training and then not stayed with that company for the whole contract? If so what typically happens? I recently have had a life situation come up where I feel this may be the case and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?

Read your contract. In my contract it gives the company the right to petition my next company for repayment in the amount of $70 per week. Signing this basically meant the company gets a wage garnishment without a judgement.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brian M.'s Comment
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Erin each company has there own policy relating to this subject. If you decide to leave there are consequences. First off the company would most likely hold your 160 hr certificate until you pay for the training they provided.

Without your training certificate it will be unlikely you will be able to go to another trucking company. Also If you fail to pay the debt they most certainly will report it as a unpaid loan and effect your credit score.

If your unable to complete your obligation you need to make arrangements with the company to pay the debt.

Tractor Man's Comment
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If it is not a "Permanent" life situation, I would try to make arrangements with the Company for a Leave of Absence. If you have a good record of service with them, you could possibly have some time off and come back in a month or so. Some of the bigger Carriers may also be abke to place you temporarily in a position at one of their Terminals. I would try real hard to work out arrangements with them, particularly if you plan on staying in the Trucking Business.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Erin S.'s Comment
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Just found out my wife is pregnant and I'm concerned about not being closer to home to help her adjust at least for a short period of time.

Erin S.'s Comment
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Is this something I should ask my recruiter about before I leave for school?

Tractor Man's Comment
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So you have not started School or signed the contract yet? If that is the case,you may want to hold off on starting School at this point. A pregnant Wife should be your first priority. There will ALWAYS be a spot for you at Truck Driving School. Your first year is going to be very stressful and require most of your attention. It will also be financially challenging for the first 3-6 months. I think you need to focus on your Wife and the Baby at this point. Good Luck! Also, Congrats on the Baby!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah I would definitely hold out right now. If you're not certain you can complete the contract then I wouldn't sign one. But it's really a lot more than that. Getting started in trucking is really stressful. It takes all of your energy and time and you really have to be dedicated to it. It's not something you can kind of do on the side while more important things are going on, other things that are going to need your time and attention.

Now may not be the time to get started in trucking. It's just something you and your wife will have to assess.

Rick S.'s Comment
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As others have suggested - if you HAVEN'T GONE or signed yet, and you aren't confident that circumstances won't prevent you from completing your contractual obligation, then DON'T GO.

Especially if your situation dictates that you might not even be able to COMPLETE YOUR TRAINING.

Unless you have a TON OF SUPPORT from family on the home front - a pregnancy and child-birth can be stressful on you as a student/rookie - and also on your relationship.

Congrats on the kid. Condolences on the fact that the best thing at the moment, would be to delay your entry into the industry.

Hope you and/or the wife have HEALTH INSURANCE - having a kid ain't cheep.

Best of luck to you.

Rick

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